With a golden damascened lock of the Indo-Portuguese type.
Height 10 cm
Diameter 19 cm
Textile (silk and linen), paper
Early 20th century
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The mundane rarely survives, and this is surely the case for these once-common Chinese hats. If you would walk through Beijing about 100-150 years ago, you would find almost every man wearing one, and likewise, many an old martial arts masters were photographed wearing one. Tong Zhongyi, Yang Luchan, Zhang Qinlin, etc.
A fine quality velvet Beijing style hat, with red lining and red knot on top. This piece is extra charming because it has a large label inside that provides a lot of context:
Transcription and translations:
Zhù jì chén ān mào jú
Zhu brand palace security hat office.
Yīng lì qiú shāngbiāo
Eagle Ball Trademark
Dìngzuò gèjiè zhì
Customized for all walks of life
Mào shā ní róngduàn
Caps of wool satin
Jīng shì xiǎo mào tè
Beijing style caps
Jiā cǐ nèi lì xiù
Jì zhǔrén jǐn bái
Kāishè wénmiào jiē
Opened on Confucian Temple Street
Dìng jià yuán
Pricing in yuan
The crossed flags behind the eagle logo on the label suggest it is from the Republican period, under Kuomintang rule. Such flags first appeared in 1895 and were used by the Revive China Society, but it wasn't adopted as a national flag until 1928. It was abolished on the mainland in 1949 when Mao's Chinese Communist Party took over.
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Of pierced iron, elaborately cut with lotus petal border.
With the swirling arabesque motifs that are typical for this period.
Mounted on a custom hardwood stand
As worn by Southern Chinese military and militiamen.
Probably of Southern origin, with a straight blade and flaring tip.